Poets descend at the annual festival

Some of LA’s top young poets will perform at the LA Get Down Festival at the Greenway Court Theatre. (photo courtesy of Greenway Court Theatre)

The Greenway Court Theater presents the sixth annual LA Get Down Festival, a celebration of hip hop and spoken word, April 8, 9, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29 and 30.

The festival opens with “Say It Loud: The Black Poets of World Stage Press” on April 8 from 8-11 p.m. Hosted by Hiram Sims, the evening will pay tribute to some of Los Angeles’ top black poets, as published by World Stage Press. .

The festival continues on April 9 at 2 p.m. with the “Release & Let Go: Intro to Creating a Solo Show” workshop, led by Juliette Jeffers. Participants will learn the art of creating a solo exhibition, including content and structure. Jeffers will also share his process and guide students through the journey of being a successful solo artist.

Additional programs and events include “The Gold Standard-AAPI Community: Music & Words,” hosted by Arianna Lady Basco on April 9 at 8 p.m., and “Red Thread-Birthing a New World,” conducted by Fei Hernandez on April 22 at 8 p.m. “Ekphrasticically Speaking,” a workshop led by Ed Mabrey on April 23 at 2 p.m., followed by LAGD Playwright Circle at 8 p.m., featuring “Bern’s Echo,” a new work by Basco, and “Bitter. Sweet”., by Tahirih Moeller.

On April 24, Mabrey will lead a workshop called “Let’s Get Your Book Out” at 2:00 p.m., and Alyesha Wise and Matthew Cuban Hernandez will host “MTP Youth Day,” also at 2:00 p.m., featuring the up-and-coming youth of Los Poets d ‘Angeles.

“Women & Femme Night” will be hosted by Yesika Salgado and Jasmine Williams on April 26 at 8 p.m., and “Fab Film Night” will be on April 29 at 8 p.m. The festival will end with the “Head to Head Slam Competition” organized by Pages Matam on April 30 at 2 p.m. Eight poets from across the country compete in a three-round head-to-head slam contest, and the top two winners will receive cash prizes.

General admission to each event is $10. Greenway Arts Alliance, located at 544 N. Fairfax Ave. on the campus of Fairfax High School, unites communities through art, education and social enterprise. For more information, visit greenwaycourttheatre.org.

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